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senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. hagel would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> president obama, for secretary of defense, chuck hagel is not a responsible option. even the top senate republican says he is reserving judgment. >> i am going to wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's views square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman. served incredibly in vietnam. served this country as the united states senator. >> reporter: president obama is about to lose his treasury secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of the president's economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by end of february, the treasury will lose the power to borrow more to pay america's bills. across the board spending cuts to every federal program kick in on march 1. the government will run out of all congressional funding by the end of march
hagel for defense secretary as early as tomorrow. when senator hagel left the senate in 2008, you praised his clear voice and stature on foreign policy and national security. do you stand by that praise? >> well, whoever is nominated for secretary of defense is going to have to have a full understanding of our close relationship with our israeli allies, the iranian threat and the importance of having a robust military. so whoever that is i think will be given a thorough vetting, and if senator hagel is nominated, he'll be subjected to the same kind of review of his credentials as anyone else. >> several of your colleagues have come out against his appointment saying he's not sufficiently supportive of israel or tough enough on iran among other issues. do you share their concerns? >> well, i'm going to take a look at all the things that chuck has said over the years and review that and in terms of his qualifications to lead our nation's military. >> but do you still believe he has the stature on foreign policy and national security to be secretary of defense? >> well, he certainly
hagel. the announcement could come as early as tomorrow. one senator already calling this an in your face move. david kerley is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: as the president returns from hawaii, senior fishlgs tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator has chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking, i believe, on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: today republicans raised red flags, continuing a campaign against chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on affingts afghanistan -- that we went beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq, saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it's carried out. >> reporter: but it was a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of
to run the pentagon, chuck hagel, former senator. here was the president announcing that pick earlier this week. >> i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom, and that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> senator corker, you had some positive things to say about senator hagel when his name was first floated. you said he had good relations on the senate foreign relations committee. do you see anything that should disqualify him from the pentagon post? >> well, i think like a lot of people, the hearings are going to have a huge effect on me. i know i talked to chuck this week. he's coming in to see me next week. but i think the hearings, this is going to be a real hearing process unlike many of the people who end up being confirmed or not confirmed. you know, i have a lot of questions about just this whole nuclear posture abuse. those are things that haven't been discussed yet. obviously people have concerned about his stance towards iran and israel. but i
senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense. hagel, a man who volunteered for vietnam, who was awarded two purple hearts for his courage. but tonight, he is already facing political fire. why? abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tells us. >> reporter: president obama made clear today just how important this nomination is for the country. >> my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. >> reporter: through decades of war and peace, the job of defense secretary has had profound implications. >> if forces to be used, saddam hussein would be removed from power. >> reporter: chuck hagel knows the horrors of war first hand. at 21, a poor kid from nebraska, he volunteered to go to vietnam, fighting side-by-side with his 19-year-old brother, tom. he got two purple hearts. one, when shrapnel ripped open his chest and his brother dragged him to safety. another, a month later, when hagel, himself on fire from a land mine, rescued his brother. >> i was on the left side, where the major blast came up, and i was burned all up and down the left side of my body
, now that president obama has nominated former republican senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. as abc's martha raddatz reports, hagel's critics are already speaking out. >> reporter: president obama made clear just how important this nomination is for the country. >> my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. >> reporter: chuck hagel knows the horrors of war firsthand. at 21, a poor kid from nebraska, he volunteered to go to vietnam. fighting side-by-side, with his 19-year-old brother, tom. he got two purple hearts. one when shrapnel ripped open his chest and his brother dragged him to safety. and another, a month later, when hagel himself on fire from a land mine, rescued his brother. but critics are not focusing on hagel's military service. while serving as a republican senator, he angered some in his own party for not backing the troop surge in iraq, not supporting unilateral sanctions against iran. and what some on the hill perceived a lack of support for israel. >> hagel's record is very, very troubling in the nation of israel. he's not b
the nomination for two very important cabinet positions. republican chuck hagel for secretary of against and john brennan for director of the c.i.a. both picks are criticized by both parties. decorated vietnam veteran and former nebraska senator hagel has made comments not forgotten and could lead to tough questioning and a long confirmation process. back in 2010 he called the troop surge in iraq a "mistake," drawing criticism great his party. today, president obama stands by his decision saying "chuck hagel is the leader our troops deserve identity noting the involvement with the v.a. and uso he would be the first of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretary whose have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. as i saw during our business together in afghanistan and iraq, in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. >> hagel will replace panetta and president obama has nominated john brennan to replace embattleed general petraeus who was linked to enhanceed techniques for questioning, and was i
. >> reporter: talking about chuck hagel and we are not told whether he will be nominated. he will controversial within both parties. if you're going to make cuts there, doesn't it make sense to have a democrat to help you? one of the calculuses that the president is considering, michelle flr ochonoy. >> democrats would meet hagel, with resistance, as well. >> reporter: absolutely. the reason is that on social issues hagel is fairly conservative, but the point is he's not going to be doing social issues if he is nominated to be defense second. he's not going to run health and human services. it's the department of defense, the pentagon, but some democrats are concerned about that. republicans are concerned, as well, because hagel winds up with the president. he was opposed to some issues in iraq, also in afghanistan and that's what republicans don't like. he bucked the republican party and really lines up with the president which the president might see as a strength if he decides to nominate hagel. >> all right, and some fascinating numbers coming out of the president's vacation in hawaii where
obama will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense today. the president is expected to make the nomination official this morning at 10:00 our time confirming the 66-year-old hagel to replace panetta. that could be a browsing fight. hagel is a decorated veteran, who also served in the senate from the late 1990's to 2008. the president is expected to name counterterrorism advisor john brennan to lead the c.i.a. >> it is 4:36. federal regulators are expected to announce a $10 billion foreclosure settlement with banks. "new york times" reports that 14 banks have agreed to the deal providing $6 billion to help homeowners endanger of losing homes and $3.75 billion provides cash relief to americans who dealt with foreclosure in 2009 and to 10. >> pucks will drop again this week now that the national hockey league and the players have reached a deal to end a lockout. the agreement means that the sharks fans could see the team return to the ice in the next few days. merchants get a huge financial boost now that thousands of hungry fans will show up
, with all kinds of clout would be the perfect choice. but chuck hagel will have to fight for confirmation. republican chuck hagel has one very important democrat on his side -- >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: but when news broke that he'd be the pick for secretary of defense, prominent republicans, who would be a part of the confirmation, called him an in-your-face pick. >> it's difficult to imagine a circumstance in which i could support his nomination. >> it's a controversial choice. >> reporter: even conservative groups got in on the fight against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: why is everyone so sour on the former republican senator? last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998 about president clinton's nominee to be ambassador to luxembourg, calling him openly, aggressively gay. in 2007, hagel dared to speak out against the planned troop surge in iraq. >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country, since vietnam. >> reporter: and his controversial comments on israel incensed m
morning, paula. you're talking about chuck hagel, and we are not told one way or another whether he will be nominated but he is controversial within both parties. if you're going to make cuts at the defense department, doesn't it make sense to have a republican help you if you're a democratic president? one of the calculuses that the president is considering, also deputy secretary michele flournoy still considered a candidate but we will hear more tomorrow on who will be the president's next defense secretary. >> is it reasonable to believe democrats would meet hagel with some resistance, as well? >> reporter: absolutely. the reason is that on social issues hagel is fairly conservative, but the point is he's not going to be doing social issues if he is nominated to be defense secretary. he's not going to run health and human services. it's the department of defense, the pentagon, but some democrats are concerned about that. republicans are concerned, as well, because hagel winds up with the president. he was opposed to some issues in iraq, also in afghanistan, and that's what republ
that president obama will nominate former republican senator hagel to be the next secretary of defense today. the president is expected to make the nomination official this morning at 10:00 our time. confirming the 66-year-old hagel to replace panetta could be a bruising fight. hagel is a decorated vietnam veteran who served in the senate from the late 1990's to 2008. this morning, the president is expected to name counterterrorism advisor john brennan to head the c.i.a.. >> regulators will announce a $10 billion foreclosure settlement with banks. "new york times" says 14 major banks have agreed to the deal providing $6 billion to help homeowners in danger of losing their home. $3.25 billion will bring cash relief to those who dealt with foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. >> and on monday morning we will see what the weather looks like if the commute. >> not only is visibility sketchy, and tougher, we have slick roads. >> mike? >> worried about the fog freezing. be careful inland. now, as we head through the afternoon, you can see the slow measure from yesterday headed toward arizona. here is the
hagel to be the next secretary of defense. hagel, who has been accused of being hostile to israel and soft on iran, have come out swinging, telling a nebraska newspaper there is not a shred of evidence he's anti-israeli. and president obama says he's the right man with the right background for the job. >> he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. >> he received two purple hearts and president obama says his defense nominee is the leader u.s. troops deserve. >>> also, the president moved to fill one other key national security position, nominating john brennan to be the next head of the cia. brennan spent 25 years at the intelligence agency. his name was floated for director at the start of president obama's first term in fact, but brennan withdrew when critics linked him to harsh interrogation techniques used by the cia when george w. bush was in office. >>> also, it was back to work monday for secretary of state hillary clinton and h
of defense is chuck hagel. some have questioned his commitment. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> it's difficult to imagine the circumstances in which i would support his nomination. >> reporter: besides the fight over his cabinet nominees, the president must deal with the country's fiscal mess. by tend of february, the treasury will lose the able to boar moe more money and automatic spending cuts kick in on march 1st. >> we're going to be talking about further deficit reduction. >> reporter: the president has also promised to take swift action against gun violence. vice president biden is heading up a task force. the group is considering universal background checks for all gun buyers. and stiff penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. >> that's way -- way in extreme of what is necessary. it's not going to pass. >> reporter: and that reaction is from a democrat, so whatever president obama proposes will likely face major battle over gun control. >> tahman bradley in washington. thank you so much. >>> well, billions of dollars in flood
to children this evening. tonight the three things you can do to protect your family. >>> haggling over hagel on the eve of what would be a controversial pick, why one senator is already calling it an in your face choice. >>> desperate search. tonight a rescue effort under way in the cascades mountain following pings from a cellphone after a sky drive gone wrong. >>> and love letters lost and then found. more than 60 years after they wrote one another nearly every day during the war, the couple reading those letters to one another all over again. >> our love letters, how anybody could steal our love letters. >> tonight they tell us how they got those letters back.
leader of the pentagon. >> first, senator chuck hagel could face some opposition from both sides of the aisle. it's monday, january 7th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. happy monday. >> i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. and chuck hagel, we hear, is likely to face tough confirmation questions on everything from israel to iran. we'll hear why in just a moment. >> nothing comes easy on capitol hill. another battle, add it to the list. >>> also this half hour, the gun battle being waged across the country. after the newtown massacre, some gun shows are flooded by people
fights brewing in washington today. including gun control, the confirmation of chuck hagel at defense and the looming and unpleasant sequel to the fiscal cliff. here, the host of abc's "this week," george stephanopoulos who knows everything and can see the future too. george, let's talk about gun control. the vice president will submit his proposal for post-newtown gun control on tuesday we believe. it seems to be coalescing around cracking down on high-capacity magazines and also beefing up background checks on gun buyers. can the administration muscle those two things through? >> the white house also says they will continue to push the assault weapons ban but they know they won't get it through. lots of opposition to that. they do believe they can create a consensus particularly around this idea of background checks, universal background checks and the nra not backing down yet, though, which is also why the white house will look at executive orders they can act on on their own. tightening enforcement or gun laws. more data sharing for where sales are coming from and you see people l
brennan is his pick to run the cia. but a battle royale over his choice for defense secretary, chuck hagel. >>> vanished. the developing mystery over one of the top fashion families right now. the massive search for the missing plane for the missoni family fashion icon. now, their family raising suspicion that they could have been kidnapped. >>> she's enormous. >> face to face with a 1,000-pound polar bear. one of the most powerful animals on the planet smashing the cage, trying to claw its way in for about an hour. >>> an american culture clash. north versus south. it's the most storied rivalry in college football.
for his national security team. former republican senator chuck hagel is in for a confirmation fight before he becomes defense secretary. and obama aide john brennan will also face some tough questions in his bid for the cia. jon karl is covering it all from washington. good morning, jon. >> reporter: the president has put together the final pieces of his national security team. but he'll have to do battle with congress before getting them all in place. the president is wasting no time defending his chosen national security team. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple. who is going to do the best job in securing america? >> reporter: president obama's choice for defense secretary, chuck hagel, is a decorated vietnam veteran, with shrapnel from that war still in his chest. >> mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: while he's a former republican senator, this morning, he's drawing sharp criticism from both the right and the left, after comments he made in 2006 about israel. on monday, republican house majority lea
citizens. >> chuck hagel bucked the republican party establishment opposing the war in iraq. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> he literally built and then led the national counterterrorism center. >> leading the agency in which i served for 25 years would be the greatest privilege, as well as the greatest responsibility of my professional life. >> it's like you almost have to face the devil, you know? as opposed to saying i don't want to know. >> you have a gun? >> yes. >> you still have a glock? >> yes. >> we're both gun owners. we are strong supporters of the second amendment. >> welcome back to work. >> thank you, matt. i have to say, matt, i missed you all. i wouldn't say that under normal circumstances. >> why would you do this to my new desk? what is wrong with you? >> it's out with the old, in with the new. we're going with 11:30. >> but this is -- this is the -- this was the new desk. >> jimmy had a very good week. also coming up this weekend, the global no pants subway day. so folks will be on the su
and asking, where are the women? today, it's jack lew for treasury secretary. earlier this week, chuck hagel for defense. and john brennan for cia. >> i'm looking forwards to working with these two gentlemen. >> reporter: and before that, john kerry for secretary of state. four top appointments since the election. four men. and then, this. "the new york times" published this white house photograph wednesday, showing the president speaking with top advisers in the oval office. ten people visible, all men. and late wednesday, labor secretary, hilda solis, announced she's leaving. the third woman in the cabinet heading for the exits. all this prompted "washington post" columnist, ruth marcus, to quip, it's "mad men" goes to washington, except peggy's leaving. >> it's time for me to move on. >> reporter: the white house says such criticism is way off-base. >> women serve in key policy roles as they do in the administration. >> reporter: as that all-male photo hit "the new york times," the white house released a new photo of the day, with a slightly different look. overall, about 43% of the presi
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